Salaam alaikum! We are Muslims for Peace, Justice, and Progress, a nonprofit organization that is building a movement for constructive engagement and peaceful conflict resolution between the West and the Muslim world. (See: www.mpjp.org) We have seen too much war, too much cynicism, too much hatred, and too much Islamophobia in the last few years. We’re sick of it. We need peace instead of stupidity. Our organization has already attracted international interest, as well as the support of numerous esteemed scholars and MSA groups at high-profile American universities. In other words, we can get worldwide support for this powerful and visionary new movement…..if, of course, individuals like you participate in our movement as well!
We are currently looking for Lead Organizers in all regions across the United States. Essentially, all Lead Organizers will spread the word about any current campaigns we have going on at the moment (i.e. placing flyers in masjids, publishing articles in newspapers, talking to local Muslim community leaders, etc). This work will help to ensure that we have grassroots publicity and support for our work. Again, this is easy work; we are not looking to take up too much of your time or to create any undue difficulties for you, nor do we expect you to organize rallies with hundreds of people in attendance. But we need interested individuals in every state and in every city to do what they can. This grassroots support is ESSENTIAL for our organization to succeed.
If you are interested, please send us 1) your name, 2) a few sentences describing yourself and your skills, 3) your email, and 4) your phone number (if you feel comfortable giving it out). We don’t really like mass mailing lists, so we aren’t going to send you 5 million emails a day. Our goal is to make the personal connections necessary with individuals like you in order to make this movement succeed.
What are our accomplishments so far? We have received support from prominent individuals such as Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati from the Muslim Public Affairs Coalition, Imam Zaid Shakir, Muzammil Siddiqi from the Fiqh Council of North America, Dr. Sayyid Syeed, and others. Our director, Ruby Amatulla, formerly co-founded the American Muslim Iraq Peace Initiative, a coalition of 22 organizations including CAIR, ISNA, MPAC, UMAA, IIIT, IECOC, and many others. We recently hosted a conference at Emory University with guests such as Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, Juan Cole, and Hamid Dabashi. Right now, we are currently building the momentum for a lobbying office in Washington DC, as no current Muslim American organization specifically works on international reconciliation.
With a broad movement such as this, in shaa Allah, we hope to bring a noticeable presence for peace that Western leaders will recognize as legitimate. This is probably the best time in American history to do this work, as the Obama administration – regardless of its faults – remains more open to change than any other previous administration. We also hope to collaborate with other movements and organizations that have similar goals to ours.
Peace be to you, and we hope to hear from you soon. JazakAllah khair,